Freddie Roach says his charge, Manny Pacquiao will shut Floyd Mayweather up once and for all when they eventually meet in their eagerly anticipated super-fight.
“I want to train the best fighter in the world, and the reason why I stay around is to get him ready for Mayweather when it does happen. And I’m sure that’s why Manny is still here also, because we feel it’s going to happen, we hope it’s going to happen, we’re going to do everything in our power to make it happen,” Roach continued. “You know, we might have to go give him more money or something just to get him in the ring, but you know what? We will get him someday, and we will finally shut him up.”
“Well, I thought Mayweather was coming to the table, calling us out. He made a very bold move and then he knows how to protect himself with the 70/30 split,” Roach told Fighthype.
For several years now, a fight between boxing's two pound-for-pound pugilists has been in the works, yet neither camp has made headway. Negotiations involving both camps have been beset by stumbling blocks on numerous occasions, and at present, the light at the end of the tunnel is just that—a light, flickering ever so precariously.
There’s been the debacle surrounding the random Olympic-style blood and urine testing that Mayweather stipulated Pacquiao should submit to if the fight was ever going to transpire.
In addition, the monetary aspect has also thrown a spanner in the works, with neither side willing to budge on proposals tabled by the other.
As a consequence, the aforementioned were some of the catalysts in their projected Cinco de Mayo meet going up in smoke.
Now both “Money” and “Pac-Man” have other obligations.
Mayweather (42-0-26 KOs) is slated to fight WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto on the date that was penciled in for the Pacquiao clash. Also, on June 1, he’s set to begin a 90-day stretch in the Clark County Jail, Las Vegas, Nev. for a domestic violence charge.
Conversely, Pacquiao (54-3-2-38 KOs) is scheduled to defend his WBO welterweight title against undefeated Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley on June 9.
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